The exciting prospects of enjoying local food, artifacts, cultural activities and local music had visitors and pirates stopping in at the Bodden Town Heritage Day on Monday.

The annual event held at the Harry McCoy Sr. Park and Nurse Josie’s Home during Pirates Week featured live music, crafts, food, local businesses and more from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Nov. 14. And by the water on Coe Wood Beach, partygoers were busy cooking up jerk and fried fish while enjoying the day listening to country singer Dexter Bodden and playing dominoes.

On parade was the Bodden Town Festival Queen, showing off an elaborate costume made with stunning feathers collected from the friendly neighborhood peacock. Along with other beautiful costumes, young people modeled some of the latest youth fashions.

Visitors came dressed up in antique clothing and pirate gear, including Cayman’s most famous pirate, Darvin Ebanks, and his crew. The group enjoyed lunch on the grounds, and visited the old-time Cayman kitchen located behind Nurse Josie’s Seniors centre.

Among other things, the Heritage Day provided an opportunity for locals to sell favorites like coconut water, roast corn and heavy cakes.

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Although happily eating special occasion food and enjoying the ambience of the shady almond trees and live music by Dennom Bodden, many visitors wondered at the lack of people attending, and what time the dance and fireworks would be taking place.

It was not until late evening that many learned that the dance and activities scheduled for Pedro Castle later that night had been canceled. To give visitors a bit more time to enjoy themselves, the Heritage Committee announced the activities at the park would go on until 10 p.m.

A few visitors said they like bringing their families to Heritage Day every year, but found the events in the districts were slowly dwindling.

Twyla Vargas, who has lived in the neighborhood all her life, said she felt the heritage days are in need of an injection of new life.

“I enjoyed the day by the roadside, eating roast corn and chatting with family and friends as they made their way to the park, and I enjoyed the music by Mr. Bodden,” she said.

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